Last spring, I offered up some Food for Thought with three titles about where food comes from and why that matters. Now I have a few more titles that will prove that “food doesn’t have to be fancy to be interesting.”
The above quote comes from The World in Your Lunch Box: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods by Claire Eamer, which is a fun blend of history and science that is packed full of fascinating facts and stories about familiar foods you might not think about much. For the kids who think bread is boring, this is the book to prove them wrong. The cartoon illustrations, the silly jokes, and the often gross facts make this book a great way to get middle schoolers excited about food.
Students in primary grades who wonder where familiar foods come from might choose the Food From Farmers series from Windmill Books. Each book in the series starts with a kid who lives on a farm who explains the process behind what they grow or produce on that farm. It’s a very informative look at how food and farming that takes on an organic community supported agriculture farm, an apple orchard, a sheep farm, and more.
10 Hungry Rabbits is a great choice for kids in preschool and kindergarten, since it introduces colors and counting as well as vegetables. Ten little rabbits are clamoring for something to eat, and Papa Rabbit sends them out to the garden to find some tasty additions to the soup pot. One by one the bunnies find their veggies, and we are treated to a counting story with colors and vegetables that may be an introduction to numbers for the youngest listeners or a celebration of healthy food, gardening, or family cooperation for those who have already mastered one through ten.
10 Hungry Rabbits: Counting & Color Concepts by Anita Lobel. February 2012. 9780375968648. Gr PK-1.
Bread!: Life on a Wheat Farm by Ruth Owen. January 2012. 9781615335329. Gr K-3.
Eggs!: Life on a Chicken Farm by Ruth Owen. January 2012. 9781615335299. Gr K-3.
Fruit!: Life on an Apple Farm by Ruth Owen. January 2012. 9781615335305. Gr K-3.
Meat!: Life on a Sheep Farm by Ruth Owen. January 2012. 9781615335336. Gr K-3.
Milk!: Life on a Dairy Farm by Ruth Owen. January 2012. 9781615335282. Gr K-3.
Vegetables!: Life on a Produce Farm by Ruth Owen. January 2012. 9781615335312. Gr K-3.
The World in Your Lunch Box: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods by Claire Eamer. February 2012. 9781554513932. Gr 4-8.